Edwin James (Jim) Bonelli passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at the age of 68, in Tooele, Utah. Jim passed away unexpectedly from a pulmonary embolism. He had loved ones with him at the time of his passing.
Jim was born as the third child and first son to Jack and Renee Bonelli and was raised in Tooele, Utah. He graduated from Tooele High School in 1972. Jim went on to attend technical college in Denver, Colorado, and returned to Tooele to begin working in the field of industrial boilers and HVAC. Jim loved underground mining and worked at the local Anaconda Mine until it closed. Jim later worked at Dugway Proving Ground for many years and also had his own small refrigeration business, Keep-It-Cool, specializing in refrigeration, heating, plumbing, electrical, boiler installation and start-ups. He had many career opportunities, working for various mechanical companies along the Wasatch Front with some job opportunities taking him as far away as western Africa. Jim most recently worked for ATI and Detroit Diesel. Jim always valued his co-workers and made many friends throughout his long career.
Jim married Sherri Lee Montoya on June 29, 1974, and together they had three beautiful daughters. Sherri passed away July 18, 2010.
Jim met his loving partner, LaDawn Hamp, and they shared 17 years with one another making many memories, while bringing together children and grandchildren.
In his younger years, Jim participated in rodeo in bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback and roping events, earning him buckles as an All-Around Cowboy. He followed the sport throughout his life and enjoyed sharing his knowledge with others. He worked hard in FFA and ag mechanics and had lots of fun racing dirt bikes. Jim enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors; hunting and hiking and seeing new country while looking for his next trophy deer or best bird while scoping out the best tree to take a nap against. He loved passing on his love for hunting to his kids and grandkids.
Jim loved shooting the breeze with his buddies and enjoying a cold beverage in good company. He was an animated storyteller and could be counted on to have a funny comeback or silly song to compliment any conversation.
For being a quiet man, Jim left a longstanding impression and was loved by many. Jim will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his father Jack Bonelli, and the mother of his children Sherri Bonelli.
Jim is survived by his mother Renee Bonelli; his loving partner LaDawn Hamp; three daughters Rachelle (Arthur) Custer, Jaclynn (Kevin) Sagers, Nicole Lint (Deacon Dunyon); eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild; bonus daughters Krista (Gilbert) Merino, Jennifer (Mike) Fawson; nine bonus grandchildren and two bonus great-grandchildren; special friend Chadwick Elting. He is also survived by his siblings Karen (Leon) Jensen, Mary (Craig) Simonds, Vern (Debbie) Bonelli; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Monday, June 5, 2023. Visitation from 10-11:45 a.m., funeral starting at 12 p.m. All services will be held at Tate Mortuary in Tooele. There will be no graveside services at this time.
There will be a celebration of life held at the Corner Pocket in the near future, date to be determined.
“Until we meet again, Daddio.”